Based on the award-winning comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher takes to the small-screen pulpit on May 22 on AMC. As I say in my video review above, if you are a believer in gallows TV then you should take a leap of faith with this more consistently solid and fun than expected supernaturally propelled offering from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin.

Keeping all the rough edges, ultra violence, deformities and deifications of the source material, the 10-episode first season of Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as the hard-drinking and conflicted Rev. Jesse Custer. The preacher, who describes himself as a “just another man who hurts by not helping,” has returned to an unhappy flock in the backwater West Texas town he grew up in — a place full of sin, paint-ballers and complaining parishioners. Custer is about to give up the cloth once way or another when a force from the beyond shows up and, let’s just say, infuses him with something like a holy spirit – and that’s the thrust of our rewarding tale.

deadline-review-badge-dominic-pattenThe heart of Preacher however is Custer’s newly acquired sidekick Cassidy, a hedonistic Irish vampire, and the right Reverend’s criminally inclined ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare. Both gleefully played with a ton of bite and spice, This Is England alum Joseph Gilgun and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. semi-regular Ruth Negga, respectively, take Preacher off the leash. Add to that Jackie Earle Haley as well as a local and not necessarily upstanding power broker and you certainly have yourself something resembling a party.

With big aims in mind, AMC has been escalating the Preacher promotional hype with trailers premiering during blockbuster The Walking Dead plus targeted screenings at TCA, SXSW and more to get the good word out. You can buy into that, but better yet, I say just sit down and give Preacher a bit of your Sunday – it could make a true believer out of you.

Click on my review above and tell us what you think.

This review was originally posted on May 9